March 30, 2011

Weekly News Roundup

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And after that self-advertising, here are this week's news roundup =)

Gevo denies Butamax infringement claims
Bio-butanol producer Gevo denies all claims of patent infringement filed against them relating to the production of isobutanol by Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC (a joint venture between DuPont and BP). Gevo said the company's Integrated Fermentation Technology (GIFT) is covered by over 150 patent applications and has a different approach than  the one described in the Butamax patent.   

Construction of flue gas-to-ethanol demo plant begins
LanzaTech, Baosteel Group and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have launched the construction of a 100,000 gal/year demonstration plant that will produce fuel ethanol from steel mill off-gases using LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology. A new joint venture company Shanghai Baosteel LanzaTech New Energy has been formed to run the unit and future commercial production facilities.

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